Preserving tapes

Les <grandmananer@...>
 

This is the lead for a story in Current (www.current.org), the magazine
for public broadcasting. The story focuses on pubtv stations and
producers preserving their tapes, but ties in with recent discussions
here about audio tape preservation.

It's hard finding resources to preserve tapes, but it's also hard to let
them go
Where broadcasters focus on today's productions for tomorrow, it's hard
to spend time and money on yesterday's. That's what Kentucky ETV and
Pacifica Radio have done. They're among the few pubcasters that have
committed to digital conversion and preservation of their program
archives. In a commentary, longtime Connecticut PTV programmer Sharon
Blair says it's hard to forgive yourself if you don't preserve past
programs.

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